Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coming Soon from Oxford University Press!

Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England -- Edited by John Saward, John Morrill and Michael Tomko!

It is "An Anthology of Writings from 1483 to 1999"

From the Oxford University Press website:

Firmly I Believe and Truly celebrates the depth and breadth of the spiritual, literary, and intellectual heritage of the Post-Reformation English Roman Catholic tradition in an anthology of writings that span a five hundred year period between William Caxton and Cardinal Hume. Intended as a rich resource for all with an interest in Roman Catholicism, the writings have been carefully selected and edited by a team of scholars with historical, theological, and literary expertise. Each author is introduced to provide context for the included extracts and the chronological arrangement of the anthology makes the volume easy to use whilst creating a fascinating overview of the modern era in English Catholic thought. The extracts comprise a wide variety writing genres; sermons, prayers, poetry, diaries, novels, theology, apologetics, works of controversy, devotional literature, biographies, drama, and essays. Includes writings by:

John Colet, John Fisher, Thomas More, Robert Southwell, Philip Howard, Anne Askew, Edmund Campion, John Gother, John Dryden, Mary Barker, Alexander Pope, Richard Challoner, Alban Butler, John Milner, Elizabeth Inchbald, Nicholas Wiseman, Margaret Mary Hallahan, A. W. N. Pugin, John Henry Newman, Henry Edward Manning, Frederick William Faber, Bertrand Wilberforce, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Vincent McNabb, Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring, G. K. Chesterton, R. A. Knox, J. R. R. Tolkien, Caryll Houselander, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, John Bradburne, Cardinal Hume.

Find the complete Table of Contents here. It's a who's who of Catholic England, that's for sure!

The book's features, per OUP:

~~Brings together a diverse array of writers from the last five hundred years to celebrate the English Roman Catholic tradition

~~Includes authors who maintain a high profile today and reintroduces key figures whose writings have recently been neglected
~~Provides authoritative introductions to each author
~~Chronologically ordered with a clear three part structure to aid navigation
~~Thoughtfully illustrated with images relevant to each part of the anthology

The only sting: the price--$65.00! OUP says it is available in October; Amazon in mid-November. Looks wonderful!


  1. Perhaps a few additional bits of literary backing for Duffey's excellent historical deconstruction of regnant Protestant mythology? Looking forward to seeing if 'tis so...

  2. Fr. Darryl, it might fill that bill too. Have you investigated Robert S. Miola's EARLY MODERN CATHOLICISM: An Anthology of Primary Sources?
    He is a Shakespeare scholar and this is a great compendium of material from the Catholic Reformation. The intro is great!

  3. I think there is an error in the blurb OUP published on the book. It includes Anne Askew--she was not Catholic!